February 25th, 2016

A Cry for Deliverance

HEAVENLY FATHER,

Save me entirely from sin.
I know I am righteous through the
righteousness of another,
but I pant and pine for likeness to thyself;
I am thy child and should bear thy image,
Enable me to recognize my death unto sin;
When it tempts me may I be deaf unto its voice.
Deliver me from the invasion as well as
the dominion of sin.

Grant me to walk as Christ walked,
to live in the newness of his life,
the life of love, the life of faith,
the life of holiness.
I abhor my body of death,
its indolence, envy, meanness, pride.
Forgive, and kill these vices,
have mercy on my unbelief,
on my corrupt and wandering heart.

When thy blessings come I begin to idolize them,
and set my affection on some beloved object —
children, friends, wealth, honour;
Cleanse this spiritual adultery and give me chastity;
close my heart to all but thee.
Sin is my greatest curse;
Let thy victory be apparent to my consciousness,
and displayed in my life.

Help me to be always devoted, confident, obedient,
resigned, childlike in my trust of thee,
to love thee with soul, body, mind, strength,
to love my fellow-man as I love myself,
to be saved from unregenerate temper,
hard thoughts, slanderous words, meanness,
unkind manners,
to master my tongue and keep the door
of my lips.

Fill me with grace daily,
that my life be a fountain
of sweet water.

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he reveals himself to his people for communion and salvation

It is in the flow of existence 10:45 AM late Thursday morning. Outside is covered with snow. It is suppose to snow some more today according to what my wife told me this morning. The wind is suppose to pick up also.

I have been up since 5:25 AM this morning, because our dog woke me because he had to go to the bathroom. So I got up and let him outside. When I went back to bed my mind is awake so I got up to face the day. I told myself I can always take a nap if I find it impossible to keep my eyes open.

This morning I have been doing the usual things like mess with our main computer, watch the birds by our bird feeder, read, write in my paper diary and wander my cell. I picked up my wife this morning when she was done with work. She is now off four nights.

I have been mainly reading this morning a book I read late into the night last night titled, "The Presence Of God: Its Place In The Storyline Of Scripture And The Story Of Our Lives" by J. Ryan Lister.

I also looked at these books this morning-

"Orthodox Spirituality: A Practical Guide For The Faithful And A Definitive Manual For The Scholar" by Dumitru Staniloae

"Orthodox Psychotherapy: The Science of the Fathers" by Metropolitan of Nafpaktos Hierotheos [translated by Esther Williams]

I plan to read and contemplative today. Well not much else to report so I will close to immerse myself in stillness.
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